Bartender says ‘guilty’ in coke delivery case
By Emma Breysse, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Date: October 13, 2012
A former Jackson bartender pleaded guilty Friday to felony drug charges, agreeing to spend at least 30 months in state prison.
Henry Basuki, 30, changed his previous not guilty plea on charges of possessing and delivering cocaine as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Teton County Deputy Prosecutor Terry Rogers dropped a third charge of conspiracy to commit a drug offense as part of the deal.
Basuki was accused of supplementing his bartending income by selling cocaine. The charges stem from a sale he admitted making in 2011 to an undercover agent from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. Teton County sheriff’s deputies searched his apartment later and found about 10 grams of cocaine along with scales and packaging materials.
“I guess I made a mistake,” Basuki said at his change-of-plea hearing in 9th District Court. “I felt like I needed money, so I started selling.”
Basuki agreed to a sentence of two-and-a-half to five years for each charge as part of the deal. The deal allows Basuki to serve both sentences at the same time.
Judge Timothy Day accepted the guilty pleas, but said he will not impose the sentence until probation officers complete a presentence investigation to determine whether the proposed prison term is appropriate for Basuki’s situation.
In making his new plea, Basuki said the facts laid out in law enforcement affidavits were correct.
The drug agent approached Basuki through a fellow downtown bartender and suggested the two form a drug-dealing partnership, Basuki said Friday. He eventually sold the agent “a couple grams” of cocaine.
When deputies went to arrest Basuki more than a year later, they found three “eight balls” of cocaine in his apartment (an eight ball is 3.5 grams). They also found equipment that suggested he intended to sell the drugs.
“They saw my scale, they saw my packaging stuff and they asked me if I had drugs,” he said. “At first I was like denying, and then after that I told them yes.”
The sentencing hearing will be held when the presentence investigation is complete, which Day said typically takes about six weeks. Basuki will remain in Teton County Jail until then. He has been an inmate since his arrest April 23.
Following his sentencing and prison term, Basuki will deal with federal Immigration Customs Enforcement agents about his immigration status. When he was arrested, federal agents put a hold on him to investigate the possibility that he has been in the country illegally since overstaying a visa. Basuki is a native of Indonesia.